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Old 10-04-2014, 09:27 PM   #1
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Hair algae problem!!

Hi I've had my saltwater reef up and running for about 2 years now (had another reef tank for a year before this one) it's a 30g tank and houses one occelaris clownfish, a hermit crab, various corals and an anemone. For a while now I've had a hair algae problem and no matter what I've tried it won't go away. I feed only once every two days, I've been to stores and they have recommended things like algaefix which hasn't worked.
The parameters are:
PH - 7.9
Ammonia- 0
Nitrite- 0
Nitrate- less then 5ppm
Alkalinity- 7.3
Calcium - 370
Magnesium - 1300
Phosphate - 0.25 (cannot get this lower have tried phosphate removers)
I use RO water for top ups as well. The lights are on for only about 5-6 hours a day. Can't figure out what is causing it :/
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Old 10-04-2014, 10:20 PM   #2
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The ro water is causing it. It is coming in with nitrates and such just like mine does. It is ro/di water that has nothing in it. I have the same issue in my tank as my ro/di is down.
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What kind of light do you have?
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I believe the lighting I have is t5 the bulbs were last changed about 8 months ago


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What color and how many watts or bulbs?
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There's 1 blue (cannot see the K rating without taking it out) and 2 whites (10 000K each)


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First you need to start using ro/di for both salt water and top off and I suggest to have 2 or 3 of blue and just 1 white. Have the blue for 10 hrs and start using white only for 5 hours after algae is under control.
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Is the white not as good?


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The white is the favorite of algae specially hair algae. The intensity and the duration of exposure plus the nutrienst accelerate their growth.
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Alright then cool so I'll just use the blue then for a bit hopefully this works


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